TOMAHAWK - You won't see it on your calendar, but clearly pothole season is here... In Tomahawk the city is even warning drivers to travel at their own risk.
Signs are posted at 4th street and Birchwood near Veterans Memorial bridge. This stretch of pavement has been patched again and again, but the weather keeps it jarring vehicles.
"We've been cold-patching on it, once or twice a week but, in these weather conditions with the freeze thaw, we just can't keep the patching material in there with the volume of traffic that we have on this street," said Mike Tolvstad the Tomahawk Public Works Director.
To make matters worse, 4th street used to be Highway 51. The old concrete under the busted overlay is broken down as well. It's due for reconstruction, but that depends on grants from the state. In the meantime, drivers beware: If you're vehicle gets damaged, don't expect the city to fix it.
"They're always able to take and file a claim, but because of the fact that now there's an alternate route that's just as fast as 4th street, and 4th street's posted and everybody knows how bad it is, probably the chances of getting anything out of a claim are probably pretty slim," said Tolvstad.
Other bumpy spots are Tomahawk avenue by the railroad tracks and towards the bridge on Highway 86. Wisconsin Ave downtown might shake your undercarriage as well.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
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